How to Treat Redness and Inflammation

November 9th, 2010

How to Treat Redness and Inflammation

Let’s “face” it—no one likes to walk out the door with red, blotchy, inflamed skin. Have you ever woken up in the morning and found red patches that just don’t seem to go away, no matter what you try? (Or in my case, they appear after I finish an intense workout at the gym—and stay for HOURS.)

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People with fair skin may notice it a lot more than darker skin tones (like the fact that a pimple seems so much more inflamed on pale skin, even if it’s not that big!), but it’s always a hindrance and a hassle. Well, good news—there are some ways to fix this problem!

1) Try a cream that contains Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10 for short. (You can also find CoQ10 supplements at the grocery store that help with heart health.) CoQ10 helps to prepare free radical damage in the skin—look for a moisturizer like Juice Beauty Green Apple Antioxidant Moisturizer to brighten and replenish skin tone.

2) Avoid excessive washing! Cleanse only 1-2 times a day and use as gentle a cleanser as possible so as not to irritate the skin. If you wash too frequently, your skin will actually produce too much oil to compensate for all the oil being washed away, therefore causing redness and acne to appear.

3) Stop touching your face! Seriously, the more you touch, the redder and more inflamed your skin will get. Leave it alone and I swear, the redness will disappear so much faster.

4) Look for products that contain caffeine. Caffeine helps to restrict the blood vessels, so redness and discoloration disappears faster. (Side note: this works for dark under-eye circles, too!)

Guest Writer: Beauty blogger Jamie Allison Sanders got her start in the beauty world at age 4, playing the Youngest Royal Child in The King and I. Discover her love of all things beauty at The Beauty of Life.